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Mice Net : February 2009
regional nsw regional nsw a closer look With so maNy regions we thought we’d take a closer look at just a few. Blue Mountains About 90 minutes from central Sydney, the Blue Mountains is one of Australia’s corporate meetings hot spots, with not only first-rate accommodation and conference facilities but plenty of things to see and do “beyond the ballroom”. At the top end the Blue Mountains has facilities that are able to cater for around 800 delegates, however it really shines in the small to medium-sized category, and is especially good for corporate “think tanks” because of its serenity. Keeping your mind on the job surrounded by one million hectares of World Heritage bushland isn’t too hard at all. From the world-class luxury of grand hotels and resorts to the unspoiled environmental settings of eco-tourism retreats, the Blue Mountains has “got the lot” and experienced people to help make it happen. In terms of outdoor pursuits abseiling, rock climbing, canyoning, caving, golf, bike riding and bushwalking are just some of the options available. In-between meetings delegates can be as busy or as lazy as they wish. And, with the growth of spas in the region, the destination is tailor-made with a bevy of offerings, many contained within some of the destination’s first-class resorts. As mentioned in the introduction, the big news for the Blue Mountains in 2009 is the opening of Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Emirates’ first foray into hotel development in Australia. The property is being described as a world-class conservation-based resort, and has been inspired by the Dubai-based Al Maha Resort & Spa – constructed in a homestead-style and set within its own ABOVE: Bridal Veil Falls, Blue Mountains 126 mice.net